Published on October 18, 2016 | by Shandi Pace Photography by Shandi Pace0
Comic Expo invades Humber
For the last four years Ignite has teamed up with Stadium Comics to bring students our very own abstract universe. Ignite’s annual Comic Expo was held on Monday, Oct. 3 in the Student Centre, where a variety of vendors sold comics and fan art.
The main stage had a Cosplay contest or fans could wait in line for a picture with Brett Dalton from Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
The central attraction of the day was the Cosplay contest, where fans dressed up as their favourite superheroes to win cash prizes or a pair of Toronto Raptors tickets. Fans wore all types of costumes, including the mainstream Batman and Wonder Woman, along with the not so typical War Machine, with a full suit of armour and light up chest piece. This event drew the biggest crowd with tons of fans cheering on their favourites who took the risk and got onstage to show off their stuff.
“I enjoy going to comic events all together and I mean costumes make it more fun,” said cosplayer Sara Belyk, who was dressed as Red Card Katarina from League of Legends, an online battle arena video game.
Illustrators and vendors sectioned off parts of the expo to show off their artwork for everyone to see with a thorough selection of fan art from all different branches of the comic realm, such as anime, superheroes, gaming and sci-fi.
Events like Comic Expo gives additional exposure to artists who may not have the same level of publicity as others such as Marvin Law, who is a freelance illustrator.
“I’ve been to all four of these Humber Comic Cons and I’ve been to Fan Expo for 15 years now,” he said.
Comic expos have only grown larger due to the rise in popularity that superheroes have created over the last few years with the emergence of the Marvel and DC comics film adaptations of Captain America, The Avengers, Batman v. Superman, and Suicide Squad.
“I went to Fan Expo this year and three years ago and this is basically the same thing just smaller,” said Kaly Colliton, who is a first year student at Humber and an avid fan of the art displayed at these events.
Comic cons now seem to be the place for people to let out their inner geek.